"Burch's rich and well-researched chronicle of the U.S. Deaf community's efforts to claim and shape their full participation in public life between 1900 and 1942 reminds historians of the many forms debates have taken in U.S. history regarding how a proper citizen should look, act, and speak."-Reviews in American History
"Forcefully and gracefully narrates Deaf people's dramatic struggle against hearing oppression in the early twentieth century. Incorporating new data from archival research and community interviews, Burch applies tools of social analysis to challenge earlier interpretations that underestimated Deaf people's success in preserving their core values. The resulting study is fascinating and important to students of American social history and disability."-John Van Cleve,Professor of History, Gallaudet University
"Burch offers insightful comparisons. Her book is important to the fields of Deaf studies and disability studies, but it will appeal to social historians as well."-Journal of American History
"Signs of Resistance expands our thinking not only on deaf life and disability studies, but on our understanding of the history of this nation. Dr. Burch has gone to great lengths to gather the opinion of ‘the deaf themselves' through original, revealing research."-I. King Jordan,President, Gallaudet University
About the Author
Susan Burch is Associate Professor of History at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.